Volleyball Sweeps Through First Round of NCAAs

Nov. 30, 2001

DURHAM, N.C. - With an outstanding team offensive performance led by outside hitter April Ross, the fourth-seeded USC women's volleyball team swept through the first round of the 2001 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship with a 3-0 (30-18, 30-20, 30-14) win over Liberty. The Lady Flames finish the season with an 21-11 overall record, while the Women of Troy improve to 23-3 and prepare to face either Duke or William & Mary in the second round on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The Trojans dominated the match offensively. As a team, they collected 55 kills off of 95 attacks with only seven errors. The .505 attack effort ranks fourth among USC match records. The Women of Troy also had 8.0 team blocks, 39 digs and six service aces. Liberty hit .143 (38-23-105) in the match, posted 1.0 block, 28 digs and two aces.

Ross led all with 14 kills and no errors to set a new career record with a .636 hitting percentage. She also led with 12 digs for her 11th kill-dig double-double of the season. All nine Women of Troy who took a swing at the ball hit above .333 in the match - Olsovsky (8-0-12, .667), Jennifer Pahl (8-2-13, .462), Alicia Robinson (8-3-14, .357), Keao Burdine (7-1-15, .400), Lauren Killian (4-1-9, .333), Emily Adams (3-0-6, .500), Kelli Lantz (2-0-3, .667) and setter Toni Anderson (1-0-1, 1.000).

After a 1-and-1 start to game one, USC rattled off the next seven consecutive points for a 7-1 lead before Liberty came storming back to bring the score within one (9-8). But that's as close as the Lady Flames would get as the Women of Troy rolled to a 12-point win (30-18).

The score was knotted through 6-6 to start game two until a solo block by Killian jump-started the Trojans on an 11-4 run to put them ahead by seven (17-10). USC led by as much as 12 (28-16) before earning the final 30-20 victory.

The Lady Flames took their biggest lead of the night by starting with a two-point advantage in the final game. Down 4-2 and 5-3, USC returned to tie the score at six apiece and never trailed again. The Women of Troy used a 9-0 and 6-0 run to seal the 30-14 win.

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